There was a story one one of the local news stations today about local bars being sued by BMI.
Basically it seems that bars that allow cover bands to play at their locales must pay a licensing fee to the songwriters for allowing the musicians etc to perform their songs. It is also more money if dancing is involved.
Pardon me, if I say WHAT THE FUCK!
Is there no end to the greed?
How can new artists emerge if bars etc can't allow them to play. $3000.00 is a lot of money a year for some small businesses, but those businesses can help launch a career.
Imagine if the clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg wouldn't have been able to let a certain group of lads play in their nightspots back in the 50s and 60s. At that time The Beatles were playing a good deal of cover tunes.
Most people don't want to hear songs by unknowns for a whole show, especially in smaller towns.
Of course, this is something to be expected from an industry that turns out more crap than quality these days.
Music doesn't mean much anymore and that's a sad sorry shame.
It is more about image than anything. If you can put out one good song an album, well, la di da! And of course, if you aren't between the ages of 16 and 35...well then your music doesn't matter anymore. As long as the fat cats stay fat it is all good.
There's no creativity anymore.
Let's pick our favorite artist on stupid TV shows like American Idol and The Voice.
This makes me very sad as well as disturbed.
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